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10th January – Quickest bus ride ever

We leave Ella for the beaches of the south of Sri Lanka for the next 8 days and our first stop being Mirissa.

Checked out of guesthouse and the manager cheekily adds 400 to our bill for services. What service I asked and he said for walking around. What?? Yeah told him to jog on.

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Got a bus from outside out hotel at 9:15 to Mantara and John our English friend was also going the same direction. The journey was very interesting. The bus driver was crazy and drove like an absolute maniac. It was like a scene from he film Speed with Keanu Reeves. There were a lot of sighs and people holding their breathe and i’m sure someone shit themselves as there was a smell.

The driver got himself into a lot of trouble by speeding around four motorbikes and the bus actually swayed from side to side like a pendulum.

The foreigners on the bikes were not happy. So they went past the bus, stopped infront of the bus to make it slow down, this carried on for a good 5 minutes until the driver stopped the bus. Then all of a sudden, the locals on the bus approaching the bikers with sticks and completely surrounding them. There was a lot of hand gestures and hoo haas, we thought it was going to go off.

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Julie and I stayed on the bus and watched through the drivers windscreen. It was somehow resolved and off we went. The driver was not happy and he didn’t need to say anything, his driving said it all and I wouldn’t have understood what he said anyway. He drove more erratic than before and someone had to tell him to calm down.

The temperature has dramatically soared, not because of the argument but it’s hotter now we are on the lower levels and not in the mountains. It must be around 34 degrees.

We arrived in Mantara around 2:15 and then got another bus to Mirissa. From the bus, we saw Mirissa beach and I knew the time has come for relaxation. We found the guesthouse that the Mirka and Corrina recommended, it looked ok. For 1100 SL rupees (£6) cannot complain too much.

We went to the beach and met up with Mirka and Corrina. Lay on the sun lounger for a bit and we all went for a swim. The water was warm, clear and had that turquoise colour you always see in travel magazines. Oh I could enjoy our 8 days on the beach.

We all went back to the guesthouse, got changed and had dinner on the beach together. We waited a long time for our food to arrive and Julie almost fainted so had to ask for extra chips quickly so she can eat something. That fixed her for now before our food arrived.

Then headed back, where we tried to help this english girl find her necklace in the sand at night, needle in a haystack comes to mind. Couldn’t help so went back to rooms.

En français:

On a un bus à 9h15 pour aller jusqu’à Matara, sur la côte Sud donc on a un peu de temps pour le pti dej (pain de mie + Nutella) et faire les sacs

Quand le bus arrive, on met les sacs dans le coffre à l’arrière et on monte. On a la chance de trouver trois places, deux pour nous et une pour John, l’anglais qui fait le même parcours que nous.

C’est soit-disant un “semi-luxury service” mais il fait très chaud et les sièges sont de la taille d’une seule de mes fesses. Ne parlons même pas de la place pour les jambes.
Le conducteur roule très vite ce qui nous arrange, on arrivera plus tôt à la plage!

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À un moment, le bus double des motos très vite et après les motards sont vraiment pas contents donc ils embêtent notre bus et s’amusent se mettre devant en roulant tout doucement et en l’empêchant de doubler. Du coup, notre chauffeur stoppe le bus, prend une barre de fer et descend pour régler leur compte.
Tous les hommes du bus descendent pour participer et une fois que tout est termine, ils remontent tout excités.

On arrive en moins de cinq heures à la gare routière de Matara, un record! De la, on prend un bus direction Galle mais on descend au petit village de Mirissa.
Mirka et Corinna nous ont recommandé un endroit ou dormir et elles devraient y être donc on y va. Quand on arrive à Katie’s Hideaway, la seule chambre de libre est vraiment toute petite, sombre, avec au sol du lino tout déchiré, mais à 1000 roupies la nuit on décide de la prendre.

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On se change vite en maillot et on rejoint les allemandes sur la plage. C’est magnifique, sable beige (pas blanc de blanc), cocotiers, assez de vagues et des restaurants de poissons grilles. Pas étonnant que ça s’appelle Paradise Beach. On se baigne et on se repose sur la plage.
Ensuite, on se boit un petit coup tous les quatre avant de retourner à la chambre pour se doucher et se préparer pour le dîner.

Pour choisir son restaurant, il faut simplement marcher sur la plage et regarder les étals de poissons.
Ce soir, on a choisit Sea Beam avec des poissons à 500 roupies. Il faut attendre très longtemps avant d’être servis mais ça vaut le coup, c’etait délicieux. Ceux qui connaissent le restaurant La Plancha à Ondres (40), ca se rapproche énormément de leur préparation de poisson grille à la plancha.

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